Kenyan in and around Cape Town

Scared parents


Winter is not my favorite time of the year. It reminds me of the cold season in Nairobi when we were younger. I would wake up at night with a congested chest and a whiz, walk to my parents room and knock for an inhaler. My mum always had one handy (ventolin to be precise) that worked like magic. After struggling for the better part of the night 2 puffs would work the magic and I would quietly go back to sleep… happy!

Last month at the onset of winter, due to weather changes my wife and I got the flu which we promptly passed on to our little one 😦 This turned out to be a serous bout of flu for her- From coughing to blocked nose to running nose to fever … the works. Surprisingly though she was still up and about and eating well in spite of all the symptoms. We gave her CALPOL which took care of the fever and we had nasal drops for the congestion which did not always work. She had difficulties breathing because she could not breath through the nose and as a result she also struggled to breast feed.

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The mucus accumulation in her chest made her cough as though to spit it out but she did not know how to get it out. So she would swallow it right back in. Usually while feeding her she vomited and it came out with a heavy supply of mucus which was a relief for her because soon after that she would eat without a hustle. Of-course this was not pleasant if it happened right at the end of a feed- that meant you start all over again as you cannot let her go to sleep hungry.

on the 2nd or 3rd evening while we were putting her down to sleep I heard the sound of a whiz from her chest. My wife heard it too and we were both terrified; for different reasons … my wife for fear that the cold and flu symptoms were getting worse and I for fear that she could have the asthma genes that my grandma, my mama and I have battled with. My heart sunk and I almost teared but I had to man up for my galz. My wife suggested that we take her to hospital. I did not object … Tip: Always trust your wife’s instincts. So we dressed her warm and headed to the nearest Medi-clinic.

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At the Medi-Clinic the doctor checked her chest and listened to her breathing and decided to nebulize her. A Nebulizer is a drug delivery device used to administer medication in the form of a mist inhaled into the lungs. Nebulizers are commonly used for the treatment of, asthma, COPD and other respiratory diseases (Wikipedia). Watching my baby with the Nebulizer mask over her faces tore my heart to pieces. I was so sad and prayed that God would not allow our daughter to suffer the same chest complications my mum and I have suffered for a long time. As I held her and as my wife and I praying over her she quietly slept as her chest opened up and her breathing became easier. She lay there peaceful and quiet … and in deep sleep.

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Next we had to take her for X-rays to determine if there was any infection in the lungs. Obviously this woke her up as we undressed her and held her down amidst screams and kicks. We thank God there was no infection in the lungs. The doctors gave us medication for her and thereafter allowed us to head back home. We were shaken but happy that she was alright. Thank you God for healing her and keeping her safe. You are Jehovah Rapha – The Lord Who Heals!

nb: My mum and I have since stopped eating eggs and using animal milk. And as result we have no complications for as long as we can remember. I do not even have ventolin (Inhalers) at home for just incase. God healed me.

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8 responses

  1. Rachel

    Thanking God for the healing, that Asthma route is bad for any child (shudder at the memory- no ice-cream , no sodas , no swimming – all childhood Joys) glad she is well.

    June 16, 2013 at 14:33

  2. Anonymous

    Poor gal, we thank God that she is now well. that is my greatest fear right now , the day that Ruks will fall sick for the first time. Keep warm….

    June 13, 2013 at 09:25

    • We pray that Ruks never falls sick. And if he does, be sure the might hand that healeth all our infirmities will be there to touch him and make him whole again.

      June 13, 2013 at 14:14

  3. Anonymous

    Glad she’z all good now, and I thank God fror healing her! Mitch

    June 12, 2013 at 17:34

  4. Auntie Meow Meow

    Thank God for modern technology. So happy Baby Ciiru is doing great. Wow, those days of ventolin inhalers *wipes brow swear* I now have a nebulizer & its prescription med on standby for #BabyReez as they are not quite advanced here. As heartbreaking as it is to watch them in that mask or pacifier administering ways, you get a consolation that they will be better than yesterday. Our healthcare here is a nightmare. Well done. God watches over our little ones.

    June 12, 2013 at 14:41

    • Technology is amazing!! instant relief. How did our parents manage without all these new technology?! We are considering getting a Nebulizer on standby. As for your healthcare system …. abeg!!

      June 12, 2013 at 15:12

  5. Felix Koimburi

    Well done! You guys are doing such a great job parenting Ciru! Pole sana for her not feeling well. That must have been scary!

    June 12, 2013 at 13:01

    • She is back to her old happy self!!! We thank God for that!! Now that sweater is a constant!!

      June 12, 2013 at 15:13

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